Chapters for a book on "Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada" (Litwin Press)
Forthcoming volume in the series Archives, Archivists, and Society.
Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Series editor: Richard J. Cox.
Publisher: Litwin Books, LLC, Los Angeles, CA
Volume editors: Dr. Dominique Daniel, Assistant Professor, Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages, Kresge Library, Oakland University (daniel [at] oakland.edu) and Amalia S. Levi, Ph.D. student(2014), iSchool, University of Maryland (amaliasl [at] umd.edu).
Deadline for submission of abstracts: August 30, 2012
Format: Contributions should be approximately 7,000 words (for theoretical
contributions), and approximately 3,500 words (for practical
contributions), prepared in Word, and should follow the Chicago Manual of
Style, notes and bibliography documentation system.
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Litwin Press invites original papers for a new volume in its Archives,
Archivists, and Society series. The book's main objective is to assess the
ways ethnic identities and other forms of belonging are affected by, and
also affect, current practices in ethnic archiving. The book will both
provide a historical overview of the ways ethnic organizations and
communities have collected, preserved and provided access to their
heritage; and examine contemporary practices and theories in the context of
a cultural heritage sector that is today defined by the digital medium and
the Web. For the purpose of this book institutions involved in ethnic
archiving may include libraries, archives, historical societies and museums
that document the history of immigration and ethnicity in the United States
and Canada. The book will contain both theoretical and practical
contributions by practitioners in the field and scholars in history and
Archives shape the way we understand the past and we see the future. This
has repercussions for the construction, writing, and representation of
minority and diaspora histories in the North American context. Considering
the variety and diversity of ethnic populations in North America, these
repercussions reach beyond the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans as well. In
an age of citizen-archivists, and citizen-historians, the changing ways we
understand authority in archival settings signal a paradigm shift.
Archivists and historians are called to reexamine and redefine their roles
and professions in this process, while ethnic minorities have explored new,
culturally specific and technology-rich ways to preserve, promote and
display their heritage.
Archival science has long challenged the image of the archivist as a
neutral guardian of the historical record and recognized her role as an
active shaper of archives, but historians have yet to discuss implications
for historical research. We invite contributions that bring new theoretical
insight into the impact of the "archival turn" on ethnic archiving, that
suggest ways historical research may be affected, and that begin to outline
implications for the archivists' practice. Contributions that explore the
impact that archivists have on the very ethnic identities they are trying
to preserve are particularly welcome.
At the theoretical level, the contributions can adopt a contemporary or
historical perspective. Topics can include, but are not limited to:
. the impact of ethnic studies and evolving theories of ethnicity on
. new developments in archival theory that have or could have implications
for ethnic archiving
. the effects of ethnic archiving on historical research, and
. the emergence of memory and postcolonial studies as lenses for
understanding identity formation, and diversity in a post-9/11 world.
For practical contributions, essays that do not only focus on particular
institutions, but also provide comparative studies among cultural heritage
institutions will be preferred. Practical contributions could deal with
heritage institutions run by minorities themselves, and also others run
through mainstream or official channels (government, academic, etc.).
Topics include, but are not limited to:
. what is 'ethnic archiving' today and who should be entrusted with the
curation of ethnic collections in heritage institutions
. the purposes of archiving for ethnic minorities
. methods of ethnic archiving, and
. web and digital technologies that have been used in innovative ways for
Please send 500-word abstracts and a brief CV with relevant publications by
Notification of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2012.
Accepted authors should submit articles for review by January 30, 2013.
Deadline for submission of final articles with revisions is March 30, 2013.
For more information or questions, please contact Dominique Daniel (daniel
[at] oakland.edu) or Amalia S. Levi (amaliasl [at] umd.edu).
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